July 5, 2012

The white pelican – an endangered species in Namibia

The pelicans along the Namibian coastal and inland flood plains, pans and larger dams are far too large, conspicuous and flamboyant to be overlooked, says Susann […]
July 6, 2012

Birders in Namibia: We twitch and tick and pursue

By Peter Bridgeford In some circles we birders have a bad reputation. We twitch, we tick and we tirelessly pursue sightings of rare birds in odd […]
July 17, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Marabou stork

Marabou stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus Roberts’ No 89 By Pompie Burger Unpleasant both in looks and habits, I would say. Indeed, one can state categorically that the Marabou […]
July 17, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African jacana

African jacana, Actophilornis africanus Roberts’ No R240 by Pompie Burger It’s neither their stunning eggs (possibly the most beautiful in the world), nor their ridiculously long toes, […]
July 18, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African red-eyed bulbul

African Red-eyed Bulbul  Pycnonotus nigricans Roberts No 567 by Pompie Burger The Red-eyed Bulbul is probably one of the better-known and more frequently seen garden birds […]
July 18, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Thick-billed weaver

Thick-billed Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons Roberts No 807 by Pompie Burger When writing an article a while back on the various weavers and their building abilities, I […]
July 19, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African finfoot

African Finfoot Podica senegalensis Roberts No 325 by Pompie Burger The African distribution map of this very peculiar-looking bird shows the African Finfoot to be quite […]
July 19, 2012

Bird’s eye view – African openbill

African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus Roberts No 87 by Pompie Burger Koos Kombuis, the well-known Afrikaans songwriter, once wrote lyrics proclaiming that a student’s main pastime was […]
July 26, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Grey go-away-bird

Grey Go-away-bird Corythaixoides concolor Roberts No 373 by Pompie Burger I remember the first time a Gab came into our garden to drink water. Helga phoned […]
July 26, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – White browed Robin Chat

White-browed Robin-Chat, Cossypha heuglini Roberts No 599 By Pompie Burger It’s not by chance that these good-looking birds are classified in Turdidae, the same family as the […]
July 27, 2012

Conservation success – What a wonderful bird is the pelican!

by Hu Berry Not only because “His beak can hold more than his belly can…..”, as the well-known ditty goes, but also because he (or she) […]
July 27, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Verreaux’s eagle

Verreaux’s Eagle Aquila verreauxii Roberts No 131 by Pompie Burger Watching these beautiful raptors gliding past along the escarpment of the Waterberg Plateau on various occasions […]
August 12, 2012

One of the Top Ten coastal wetlands in Africa

by Nicolette Jacobi Namibia’s most important wetland after the Ramsar site in the Kuiseb Delta, Sandwich Harbour is regarded as one of the top ten coastal […]
August 22, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – wattled crane

by Pompie Burger Wattled cranes are one of the most threatened bird species on earth. According to researchers, there are only about 7 500 left worldwide, […]
August 23, 2012

Birding in Namibia – a rest before Etosha

Birding in Namibia delivers exceptional delights. If you’d enjoy waking up to the call of a Hartlaub’s francolin at sunrise and spending the rest of the […]
August 28, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Yellow-billed oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus Roberts No 771 by Pompie Burger If you want to see oxpeckers, you must look for animals, or vice versa. Their Latin […]
August 28, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Pearlspotted owl

Pearlspotted owl Glaucidium perlatum Roberts’ No 398  by Pompie Burger Being one of the smallest owls in Namibia as well as in Southern Africa does not […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Chestnut-banded plover

Chestnut-banded Plover Charadrius pallidus Roberts No 247 By Pompie Burger Reading an article written some years ago by well-known ornithologist Tony Williams on Namibia’s coastal birds, […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – European bee-eater

European bee-eater Merops apiaster Roberts’ No 438 by Pompie Burger Does “kwirri-kwirri-kwirri” sound familiar? Does it herald springtime in Namibia? The first rains? Yes indeed, this […]
September 3, 2012

Namibia birding: paradise flycatcher

Paradise flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis Roberts’ No 710 by Pompie Burger  Some people have big cars, some have holiday houses in Swakopmund, and others are privileged to […]

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